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Reports from the Balkans

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26 July 2013

July 25th, 1913.

OF ALL the amazing developments in the war in the Near East the most amazing is the news that the Turks have walked back into Adrianople, while the Bulgarian defenders appear to have walked out of the city with nothing more than a mere show of resistance. Even more serious, perhaps, is the report that Turkey, in order to release herself from treaty obligations, has declared war against Bulgaria, and is preparing to march upon Sofia. This pro- ceeding, if it is truly reported, is a clear defiance of the warning given to Turkey by Mr Asquith in his speech at Birmingham, where he said that, unless Turkey complied with the demands of the Concert, she would be raising questions that had been better left at rest. Perhaps she discounted our Prime Minister's language as a merely idle threat. It would be indeed a queer consequence of her renewed war with Bulgaria if it threw the latter into the arms of Servia and Greece, who are said to be prepared to resume their broken alliance. Yet, strange to say, in spite of these singular developments, the prospects of peace are declared to be brightening. One thing, however, seems to become clearer every day - namely, that the Powers, though they continue to issue to the belligerents commands which they have no intention to enforce, mean to keep the peace among themselves if they possibly can, and to leave the Balkan States to settle the Balkan question.

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